Caring council using abandoned building for children's safe spac - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Caring council using abandoned building for children's safe space

(Source: KAIT) (Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT) (Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT) (Source: KAIT)
KENNETT, MO (KAIT) -

The Dunklin County Caring Council is working hard to bring new life to an abandoned school building.

Region 8 News spoke with the council’s Healthy Communities Coordinator Hillary Burton on Tuesday about what they plan to do with the old Willoughby school building.

The first priority is to make it a safe place for children in the community to go.

“Our first plan is to create a sports equipment checkout station here because we are so close to the park,” Burton said.

One of the city’s parks sits right next to the abandoned building in a lower income part of town.

“Kids can come if they want to play basketball at the park or baseball, they can rent a bat or a ball so they can be more active.”

They also plan to turn the building into a children’s community center.

Burton said they are in the planning stages right now.

She said the council has discussed putting in a computer lab, a homework station, and a library.

“We have the library here, but they close earlier in the evenings, so this could be opened later or even on weekends,” Burton said. “We want it to be a community center that not only reaches people in this area, but it could bring more people to the park and to the area.”

Although they have strategized what should go into the building, they want ideas from the children in the community.

“We want this community center to be for the kids,” Burton said. “So, are plans are to create a focus group to figure out what they feel like they're missing in this neighborhood or just in Kennett in general so that we can make sure that we are meeting that need. Really the best person to tell you what they need is the people you’re trying to help.”

The council will use grants to fund the renovation project. The sports equipment check out station will be funded by the Healthy Schools Healthy Communities grant they currently have.

The building’s roof has already been replaced, and the council is in the process of cleaning out the interior space. 

Copyright 2016 KAIT. All rights reserved.

Watch Region 8 News On Demand: On your Desktop | On your Mobile device

Region 8 News App - Install or update on your: iPhone | Android

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Heartcare Center at St. Bernards now open

    Heartcare Center at St. Bernards now open

    Thursday, May 24 2018 7:33 PM EDT2018-05-24 23:33:49 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 11:18 PM EDT2018-05-25 03:18:10 GMT
    (Source: KAIT-TV)(Source: KAIT-TV)

    The second phase of St. Bernards master plan is now complete!

    The second phase of St. Bernards master plan is now complete!

  • Deputies arrest man after pursuit in Independence County

    Deputies arrest man after pursuit in Independence County

    Thursday, May 24 2018 6:49 PM EDT2018-05-24 22:49:04 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 11:02 PM EDT2018-05-25 03:02:11 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    A man faces fleeing and drug-related charges after he reportedly led authorities on a pursuit through Batesville, Charlotte and Cord, according to Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens. 

    A man faces fleeing and drug-related charges after he reportedly led authorities on a pursuit through Batesville, Charlotte and Cord, according to Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens. 

  • FBI: Posting hoax threats to schools not a joking matter

    FBI: Posting hoax threats to schools not a joking matter

    Thursday, May 24 2018 6:23 PM EDT2018-05-24 22:23:57 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 11:00 PM EDT2018-05-25 03:00:58 GMT
    The FBI is warning people against posting hoax threats to schools and other public forums. (Source: FBI)The FBI is warning people against posting hoax threats to schools and other public forums. (Source: FBI)
    The FBI is warning people against posting hoax threats to schools and other public forums. (Source: FBI)The FBI is warning people against posting hoax threats to schools and other public forums. (Source: FBI)

    If you are thinking about posting a hoax threat to schools or any other public place, federal law enforcement are wanting people to know that doing so can get you in a lot of trouble.

    If you are thinking about posting a hoax threat to schools or any other public place, federal law enforcement are wanting people to know that doing so can get you in a lot of trouble.

Powered by Frankly